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The 9 Sep 1922 Universal Weekly indicated that writer Doris Schroeder was busy transforming Courtney Ryley Cooper’s story treatment into a screenplay. The Universal Pictures production likely did not start filming, however, until 1923. According to reports in the 14 Apr 1923 Spokesman Review and Jul 1923 Motion Picture Magazine, lead actress Gladys Walton had to take a few days off filming Sawdust after she was arrested for speeding in Los Angeles, CA. A court judge sentenced her to serve three days in jail. A 12 May 1923 Motion Picture News brief announced the completion of principal photography. Sawdust received generally positive reviews following its Jun 1923 release. The 30 Jun 1923 Motion Picture News declared that the depiction of “romance and adventure beneath the [circus] big top” would delight summer ... More Less

The 9 Sep 1922 Universal Weekly indicated that writer Doris Schroeder was busy transforming Courtney Ryley Cooper’s story treatment into a screenplay. The Universal Pictures production likely did not start filming, however, until 1923. According to reports in the 14 Apr 1923 Spokesman Review and Jul 1923 Motion Picture Magazine, lead actress Gladys Walton had to take a few days off filming Sawdust after she was arrested for speeding in Los Angeles, CA. A court judge sentenced her to serve three days in jail. A 12 May 1923 Motion Picture News brief announced the completion of principal photography. Sawdust received generally positive reviews following its Jun 1923 release. The 30 Jun 1923 Motion Picture News declared that the depiction of “romance and adventure beneath the [circus] big top” would delight summer audiences. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture Magazine
Jul 1923.
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Motion Picture News
12 May 1923.
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Motion Picture News
30 Jun 1923.
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Spokesman Review (Spokane, WA)
14 Apr 1923.
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Universal Weekly
9 Sep 1922.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
25 June 1923
Production Date:
end early May 1923
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures
Copyright Date:
13 June 1923
Copyright Number:
LP19108
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,940
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Nita Moore, a circus performer, is mistreated by the ringmaster and runs away to join an old couple who are persuaded that Nita is their longlost daughter. Phillip Lessoway, the couple's lawyer, falls in love with Nita, but after a quarrel he discovers and reveals to the adoptive parents that Nita is an imposter. Nita attempts suicide but is saved from a watery grave by ... +


Nita Moore, a circus performer, is mistreated by the ringmaster and runs away to join an old couple who are persuaded that Nita is their longlost daughter. Phillip Lessoway, the couple's lawyer, falls in love with Nita, but after a quarrel he discovers and reveals to the adoptive parents that Nita is an imposter. Nita attempts suicide but is saved from a watery grave by Lessoway. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Carnival/Circus


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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